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Monday, 19 July 2010

Swimming between two continents

Around 800 swimmers swam from Asia to Europe on Sunday.

The athletes were old, young, able-bodied and disabled, and hailed from more than 40 countries. The 22nd Bosphorous cross-continental swimming, rowing and canoeing race took place over 6.5 kilometres, between the narrowest points of the strait, the body of water that traditionally divides Istanbul.

The first race was held in 1989, with just 68 participants. Now, people travel from around Europe and the world to Istanbul to compete.

The winner was Turk Hasan Musluoglu, with a time of 41 minutres and 20 seconds.

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